HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation

03122024, 03:22 PM
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RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation
(01052018 03:32 AM)Eddie W. Shore Wrote: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation While this is a 2018 post, I just noticed it due to the new comments. Two comments: 1) The code included in the original post is neatly written and motivates me to want to learn Prime programming! 2) An issue regarding precision of the calculated results. A cardinal result in error propagation is that the result of a calculation can be no more precise than the precision of the least precise number that went into the calculation. Otherwise, precision could be gained by calculation, which it can't, but only by more precise measurements. The four equations used (Schwarzschild radius, lifetime, surface area, and surface gravity) all depend on G (the universal gravitational constant) which, unfortunately, is known to only 6 digits of precision (while it's value was recently updated, the known precision is still 6 digits). Hence, calculated results using the four equations can only justifiably be expressed to no more than 6 digits of precision, but appear to be expressed to 12 digits of precision. Actually, the restriction on the number of justifiable digits of precision in the calculated results is even more severe because the four equations also all depend on M. However, M, in the example of Cygnus X1, is known to only 3 digits of precision (recently updated, but still only 3 digits of precision). Black hole masses (M) are typically known to no more than 3 digits of precision. Hence, at a minimum, digits 712 (digits 412 for most examples) of the calculated results would be commonly referred to as "false precision," i.e., while 12digit results may look more "precise," additional digits of precision beyond the number of digits of precision of the least precise number used in a calculation are meaningless and can detract from this excellent program. 

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HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  Eddie W. Shore  01052018, 03:32 AM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  salvomic  01052018, 09:05 AM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  KeithB  03122024, 02:42 PM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  hfw  01202018, 12:23 PM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  Eddie W. Shore  01232018, 03:01 PM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  morvaoutig  03122024, 10:55 AM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  rprosperi  03122024, 12:08 PM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  morvaoutig  03122024, 12:50 PM
RE: HP Prime: Black Hole Characteristics – Hawking Radiation  carey  03122024 03:22 PM

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